Choosing tiles has become more complicated in recent years. Clay, metal, glass, mosaic, and marble tiles come in a variety of sizes, textures, and materials. Digital wall tiles, ceramic wall and floor tiles, double charge tiles, polished vitrified tiles, glazed vitrified tiles, soluble salt tiles, double loading tiles, and polished porcelain tiles are just a few of the sub-types.
The first decision to make is which sort of tile should be used in certain regions of the house. The following points should be taken into account.
PEI rating: The word PEI refers to the clay or porcelain’s durability and hardness, with a low value of 1 being employed in low-traffic areas or for wall applications. The highest rating is 5, which is appropriate for tile designed for commercial and high-traffic areas
MOH rating: The MOH rating indicates the hardness and durability of the glazing (on a scale of 1 to 10): a rating of more than 5 indicates that the tile is suitable for flooring, and a value of more than 7 indicates that the tile is suitable for heavy usage.
Non-glazed or glazed tiles: Non-glazed tiles can be disastrous if placed in the incorrect space. You must also consider the cost of repair and maintenance. When stripping and resealing is done on a regular basis, slate flooring is really stunning. Back splashes made of natural non-glazed clay or brick tiles look fantastic, but they absorb food splatters and oil.
Tile will be a fantastic choice to live with because of its common use. The following are some proposals and recommendations:
Interior Ceramic Tiles
High-traffic areas should be matched with tile with high designer and MOH ratings, as well as rough-textured glazes that disguise dirt and can withstand a beating. Low-traffic areas benefit from glazed clay tiles, and if you’re on a tight budget, these are the locations where you’ll be able to save money by purchasing a less expensive tile. Avoid designer ratings of less than two and MOH ratings of less than three.
Tiles for the Kids’ Room
Children are rough on floors, and even adult playrooms must be forced to be treated as room floors, so go with tiles certified for high traffic areas with low care requirements. Opt for giant tiles to reduce grout work wherever dirt will accumulate, therefore they will be easier to wash. The most straightforward option is full-body porcelain tiles. Avoid using low-quality clay that may chip and break if exposed to too enthusiastic children and adults
Bathroom Tile Selection
Bathroom tiles on the floor: When choosing bathroom tiles, evaluate the type of tiles with the likelihood of slipping. Glossy floor tiles are prone to slipping and can be dangerous when wet. Glass tiles are better suited to smaller tile sizes and are safer.
Bathroom tiles on the wall: Because the PEI and MOH ratings required for walls are lower than for floors, there is a wider range of wall tile options in terms of durability.